POLICE have been left baffled by a series of mysterious plaits found in the manes of horses and ponies in fields near a Notts village.
Officers are investigating after one of the plaits was found in the hair of a pony in a field near Blidworth.
The owner reported it to police believing it had been woven to identify it for someone to return and steal.
But officers say the reason for the plait is still not clear.
Following the most recent incident, police issued an internet neighbourhood alert to people in the area.
“Although there is no evidence to confirm that ponies are marked before being stolen, all horse owners are urged to be vigilant and report anything suspicious to the police,” the statement says.
There have been no other incidents since and no horses have been reported stolen.
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